In South Africa, the authorities, backed by police and armoured vehicles, have demolished hundreds of shanty huts at Guguletu, near Cape Town.
GVs Squatters camp near Guguletu, Cape Town. (2 SHOTS)
GV Armoured vehicles moving in.
GVs & SVs Shacks being dismantled, people gathering their possessions. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN & GV People collecting possessions from dismantled shacks. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Helen Suzmann, Opposition MP, speaking. (SOT)
GV Police with dogs control squatters, teargas disperses crowd.
TRANSCRIPT: SUZMANN: (SEQ 5) "They've got something to hide, quite obviously. They don't want you chaps here to see what is going on because they don't like it publicised."
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Background: In South Africa, the authorities, backed by police and armoured vehicles, have demolished hundreds of shanty huts at Guguletu, near Cape Town. About 400 makeshift shelters were dismantled on February 15 by workmen from the Western Cape Administration Board, who also removed building supplies. Recently, the board demolished a handful of shanty huts on the camp, but could not prevent hundreds of people setting up home there after they had moved from the overcrowded townships. Chief Commissioner Timo Bezuidenhoud said most of the residents were there illegally, but added that up to 200 people would be permitted to remain at the camp. Opposition member of parliament, Helen Suzmann, attacked the demolition and said it was an inhuman thing to do. She added that the authorities were trying to hide something and were acting by stealth. As the work continued, violence erupted, and police used tear gas and dogs to control the crowds, which stoned police vehicles. The Cape Times newspaper said one youth was injured after shots were fired, and that several others were bitten by dogs.